Mayans trumped penguins as Mel Gibson's epic movie, APOCALYPTO, from Buena Vista, debuted in first place (with vfx from Radium, Asylum, LOOK! Effects, Svengali FX), taking in $15M for the period ended Dec. 10, 2006. Warner Bros.' HAPPY FEET (the first 3D-animated feature from Animal Logic) shuffled back to the No. 2 position with $12.9M and a month-long take of $137.9M. Debuting in third place was Sony's THE HOLIDAY (vfx by Furious FX & Snow Business Int.) with $12.8M. Sony's CASINO ROYALE, with vfx by Peerless Camera, grabbed $8.9M for fourth place, bringing its cume to $150M.
Warner Bros. BLOOD DIAMOND debuted in fifth place (vfx by 11:11 Mediaworks, Flash Film Works, LOOK! Effects, Pixel Magic, Rising Sun Pictures), capturing $8.6M while Buena Vista's DÉJÀ VU (with vfx from Asylum Visual Effects), dropped to sixth, taking in $6M for a cume of $53M. Debuting in seventh place was Warner Bros.' UNACCOMPANIED MINORS (vfx by LOOK! Effects & Digital Dream) with a take of $5.8M. New Lines THE NATIVITY STORY (vfx by TVT-Postproduction, Hammerhead, Studio C, Frantic Films, Digital Dream, Digital Domain and yU) was eighth with $5.7M and a cume of $35M. Fox's DECK THE HALLS slipped to ninth with $3.9M and a cume of $30.1M. Buena Vista's THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE (vfx from Tippett Studio and Furious FX) finished in 10th place, taking in another $3.2M for a cume of $77.2M. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.